Zandvoort Formula 3 Euro Series: Felix Rosenqvist dominates race one
|By Jamie O'Leary||Saturday, August 25th 2012, 10:04 GMT|
Felix Rosenqvist took his first Formula 3 Euro Series win of the year with a dominant performance in the first race at Zandvoort on Saturday.
The Swede, who started second on the grid, outdragged polesitter Sven Muller to Tarzan as the lights went out and was never challenged.
The Mucke Motorsport driver, who won last year's Masters of Formula 3 at the same circuit, was 1.1 seconds clear at the end of the first lap and gradually pulled away to win by twice that margin. It was the second Euro Series win of his career and his first in the FIA European F3 Championship, which the race was also a round of.
Prema Powerteam driver Muller was second, ahead of his team-mates Michael Lewis and Raffaele Marciello.
Ma-con driver Tom Blomqvist overtook championship leader Daniel Juncadella for fifth between Tarzan and Gerlachtbocht on the opening lap, and stayed there until the finish, the British driver the best-placed of the Volkswagen-engined contingent.
Prema driver Juncadella, who saw his series advantage reduced from 12 points to 9.5 by Marciello, was sixth, just ahead of his two other title rivals; Pascal Wehrlein and Will Buller. Buller's eighth spot gives him pole for the afternoon's reversed-grid race.
Buller's Carlin team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr attempted to pass him with two wheels on the grass down the back straight on the opening lap, but was given a drive-through penalty shortly after for jumping the start.
After dropping to 14th and last, he overtook Luis Sa Silva - who later crashed at Marlborobocht - and Jo Zeller duo Sandro Zeller and Andrea Roda to finish 12th.
Results - 26 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 40m39.210s 2. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Merc + 2.055s 3. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc + 8.077s 4. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc + 9.226s 5. Tom Blomqvist Ma-con Dallara-VW + 15.823s 6. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc + 16.272s 7. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Merc + 17.337s 8. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-VW + 26.173s 9. Emil Bernstorff Ma-con Dallara-VW + 26.796s 10. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc + 55.711s 11. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW + 56.078s 12. Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc + 1m03.057s 13. Andrea Roda Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc + 1m30.537s Retirements: Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Merc 24 laps